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T in the Park, Sunday, 13/7/14

It’s only fitting that the last day of live music in Balado in bathed in sunshine and a total relief after yesterday’s torrential downpours threatened the ground’s integrity and surely left a few with puddles in their tents.

Starting the day at the King Tut’s Tent where a mixed crowd gather to see two very different acts, the act that actually arrives are Glasgow rockers Tijuana Bibles and not the billed Earl Sweatshirt, as the Odd Future rapper had cancelled before the weekend started but not before the lanyards went to print, so there’s some slightly baffled faces when the beard heavy four-piece arrive on stage all be to the sound of Earl Sweatshirt, as if giving a swift kick in the balls to his fans – it’s also worth noting that Chance the Rapper had also cancelled, leaving T clearly void of any big stage hip-hop, that’s unless Tinie float your boat or if Example goes back to his breakthrough days.

The Bibles are clearly not phased by the crowd or the bump up in stage from their billed BBC Introducing slot and drill out a set of confidence filled hard rock as Tony Costello quips “how’s the hangovers?” to a lacklustre response before returning “that bad?”.

Stopping mid set to announce “we are all Earl Sweatshirt,” they are clearly revelling in the situation as their rollicking sneered effects bring to mind Queens of the Stone Age with their thumping, driving vibes.

Over at BBC Introducing there’s a secret act about to come on, to those at the tent for The Amazing Snakeheads last night it was already revealed as uncle Vic unleashed the news that CHVRCHES would be doing an intimate gig in one of the festival’s smaller stages.

Billed as Star Writer the Glasgow trio are clearly buzzing to get up and do this, and the packed tent goes to show how popular these guys are – on Friday’s review I had noted at being slightly bored with the same live material from CHVRCHES, but the opportunity to see them in the smallest space you’re ever likely to see them again is too much to pass up on.

It’s more of the same soaring electronic and sweet vocals as Lauren Mayberry reveals she “applied for T Break five times,” clearly overjoyed at finally getting to play one of T’s smaller stages.

There’s no Mitre logos in the back this afternoon and as Martin Doherty takes centre stage for ‘Under the Tide’ we get a closer look at his twitchy energetic performance as he really loses himself in the track, looking like man trying to exorcise himself, it is a belter of a tune though and no CHVRCHES set would be right without it.

As Mayberry announces that they’re on a mad dash over to catch The Twilight Sad over at King Tut’s I exit on the same pilgrimage and arrive for the last couple as their familiar, ultra loud  soundscapes are accented by James Graham rolling r’s, as he maintains his usual trance-like performance that has made these guys such a live experience over the years.

As they close the set with debut album classic ‘And She Would Darken The Memory’ there is a feeling of something lost in the huge tent as the typical clear vocals aren’t quite as crisp as they have been in previous outings, still worth the trek over though.

Over at T Break London chart-topper Jess Glynne is delivering some soaring vocals of her own over some soulful, harmonious backing vocals.

At points the music does comes across as too brash and drown out Gylnne’s strong vocal talents, but the sets is saved by a few infectious flourishes and well known tracks like Clean Bandit number one ‘Rather Be’.

Over at the Main Stage Bastille’s entrance to the Twin Peak theme creates some intrigue but 30-seconds into their set that is destroyed as their cringeworthy indie rock takes hold.

At T Break Blackpool rockers Darlia take to the stage and deliver a grunge tinted set with a frontman with plenty of attitude, coming across as a slightly less quirky, more lad-like Ariel Pink.

Still, the songs themselves  have enough punch and sneer to entertain while outside CHRVCHES blast into their third set of the festival, surely some kind of record, filling in after London Grammar’s late pull out.

At the Tut’s Tent Tame Impala have the misfortune of playing inside when their set is perfectly suited  to today’s sunny outdoor conditions, still there’s a hefty crowd turned up to see the Aussie’s psychedelic indie rock vibes.

Their set is typically subdued with rasps of energy ensuing sporadically as the music flows  gloriously over a crowd seemingly in the mood for a final hurrah before the end of the festival.

Playing tracks from their two studio albums to date the crowd lap up every number with 2012 single ‘Elephant’ going down particularly well, if there’s any criticism to be had the set could have done with being a touch louder.

Following that the Tut’s Tent seems set for a singalong and everyone’s in the right place for it as T favourites Franz Ferdinand take to the stage and totally smash it out the park, how bands like the Kaiser Chiefs managed to get Main Stage slots and Franz don’t is a total mystery, they may not have released anything of note in recent years, but neither have Ricky Wilson’s mob, and Alex Kapranos and co. are almost universally loved by this Balado crowd as ‘The Dark of the Matinee’ gives us an early highlight.

Kapranos quips “it’s good to be home” with a boyish grin as the band revel to playing to possibly the biggest crowd they’ve had to in a good while, before You Could Have It So Much Better  singles ‘The Fallen’ and ‘Walk Away’ ring round the tent.

I take the opportunity to try and catch a bit of Secret Motorbikes, unfortunately I don’t get as far as T Break and am soon dragged back down to Tut’s for the rest of big Alex and co. where they close the set in rip roaring fashion with debut album hits ‘Michael’, ‘Take Me Out’ and ‘This Fire’; glorious stuff.

This time I actually make it to T Break just as Glasgow darlings Blood Relatives start their set, and it’s a charming one at that, filled with joyous dancing from the crowd and pop ditties from the stage.

Their tunes put as smile on your face as Anna Meldrum’s distinctly Scottish yet perfectly addictive voice leads the fray and gives us that perfect piece of sunshine before the sun sets on Balado and you pick your headliner; even Jesus has turned up to see them as Meldrum apologises for ruining Christmas by telling her mum she didn’t believe in him before allowing the enthusiastic crowd to get back into their dancing.

It’s a difficult choice for headliners as Sheffield latest sons of indie rock, yet tax dodging traitors Arctic Monkeys take the Main Stage and London’s young dance pioneers Disclosure close things out on the Radio One Stage.

I decide to go for the former, having seen Disclosure perform full sets previously and while being mighty impressed by them I have always felt they suit a cavernous club setting rather than a massive Balado field in the twilight, that and of course T in the Park is first and foremost a rock festival and for that the Monkeys are the band of the moment.

Tax dodging aside Alex Turner and co. have done some fantastic things in their relatively short lifespan and that doesn’t appear to be slowing down, yes Turner, who now look the total rock star if a little Joe Strummer wannabe, has come along way since their humble “don’t believe the hype” beginnings, but they’re pulling it off.

Many had gone off the Monkeys but I didn’t mind Turner’s of his tits Brits ridiculously-ness, but this tax dodgy malarky is unforgivable for a band of their roots, still their music has to appreciated and tonight it packs a punch as they play a very bare stage in comparison to what Biffy had last night, maybe they’re feeling guilty and saving to pay the money back.

The sets comes in flows, at times it’s ridiculously good and at other it verges on dull, while the crowd at points don’t seem to get into it, yes they have five number one albums but these guys haven’t topped the singles chart since ‘I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ and ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ blasted them into our awareness some nine years ago, the latter of which doesn’t get an airing but the former gets possibly the most energetic response a crowd have given all weekend.

But as we wave goodbye to Balado for the final time time each and everyone of the people here will have their own personal highlight from their years in these fields and I’m sure they’ll be up at Strathallan Castle next years as that becomes the new venue for the biggest dates in many people’s calendars.

Words: Iain Dawson
Photos: Bill Gray

T Break: Find Your T Highlight Here

It’s another year, it’s another summer and here’s hoping it’ll be as nice last year, yes the blistering heat of T last year left a few people a little worse for wear, staggering about looking for the next luke warm lager, but we can have no argument that’d it’s more fun in the sun.

However we also know that it’s nice to wander into a wee tent get some shade, or possibly shelter from the rain, and stumble upon your next favourite band, whether that’s cos the likes of Calvin, Biffy et al don’t quite float your boat or cos you’re actively seeking it T Break always holds some hidden charms for those Saturday afternoon where you don’t quite no what to do.

This year we’ve gone and done a wee bit of ground work for you and given you a guide to all the acts playing T Break this year giving you something to listen to, a wee bio and a quote about being able to play the famous stage, and needless to say there’s some belters on there.

So, if you’re hunting out the next T Break to Main Stage behemoths or just seeking a wee gem to surprise you’re pals with have a look through, you’ll be presently surprised.

Atom Tree

Atom Tree

Glasgow’s Atom Tree transcends genres, blending organic tones with electronic pulses, submerging the listener in beautifully haunting soundscapes.

“T in the Park is one of the biggest festivals in Scotland and to be considered for it let alone playing it at this stage of our careers is a huge privilege.”

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BirdheadBirdhead

Intense dentist-drill synths and sharp, cyclical guitar patterns make out with perky motorik drums and probing bass to produce a prog/post-punk metronomic groove rock thing with plenty of intensity.

They are reminiscent of Nought, Public Service Broadcasting or Plank! with some unhinged, sparse, yelpy vocals; Krautrock reborn with balls.

“We are absolutely over the moon to be picked for T-Break.

“T in the Park is a festival I’ve been to more times than I can count, and to be able to be part of it from the other side of the fence is amazing.

“I can’t wait to give a performance as memorable as the ones I’ve seen down the years!”

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10309563_254873318033802_5278610803308943612_nBlood Relatives

Blood Relatives who met through Glasgow’s gigging circuit, and bonded over Lidl’s Western Gold Bourbon share no DNA, but they do share an aim of making quality pop music, with a bit of depth to it.

“We are really chuffed to be playing T Break, because it’s a little validation that we’re doing something right, and I’m really self-doubting and easily discouraged.

“It’s lovely to have a vote of confidence, and be part of a line up of quality acts.”

10367141_658568437531805_435630975785025987_nDeathcats

Deathcats is a fuzz pop trio based in Glasgow who formed in the summer of 2012 based on a mutual love of noisy guitar bands and cats.

Since then the band have gigged non-stop all over the UK, from London to Lerwick, and have supported a number of touring acts such as Drenge, Splashh, Hooded Fang and Mazes.

“We’re really stoked to be playing T Break this year; we’ve worked pretty hard over the last year and to be asked to play at Scotland’s biggest festival makes it feel worth it.

“Also, our new album will have just dropped so hopefully we can sell loads to steaming wee bams.”

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10372556_785692311455188_2496077165768542007_nFat Goth

Dundee based three-piece Fat Goth have successfully risen from local underdogs to rock fan favourites appealing to those looking for proper meaty, old fashioned rock music.

Recently, they’ve found themselves the subject of Kerrang’s legendary Pandora strip twice, featuring in the magazine and receiving stellar reviews for their humorous and brazen style.

“Playing TITP on the BBC Introducing Stage last year was definitely one of our major 2013 highlights.

“To have the opportunity to play again the following year on the T Break stage is incredible so we’re very much looking to adding some weird to the line-up.”

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10013299_1418670885055418_493068720_nMedicine Men

Psychedelic music for the dancefloor, Glasgow’s Medicine Men are already causing quite a stir after just a handful of live shows, drawing excited comparisons with bands such as LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, The Chemical Brothers and Death In Vegas, the band mix soaring synths with kinetic breakbeats and bruising basslines, creating a glorious fusion of styles from sublime psychedelic rock to pumping dance music and everything in between.

“To be chosen for T Break is massive for us, we thank the judges for the opportunity and intend to put on the show of our lives.”

10418143_397514107053209_4798724912313766410_nModel Aeroplanes

Fresh and fun pop music, Model Aeroplanes are young and have the world at their feet.

“T Break is a platform for new music which started out many of our favourite bands and after playing T in the Park last year, it is a great honour to have been invited back to perform on the T Break stage this year.

“T in the Park is a great festival with one of the best crowds in the world and it means so much to us that four friends making music can be part of it at such an early stage in our career”

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1488284_340955432712407_2080174541_nNAKED

NAKED is like walking through Japan at night; neon-lit, hard punching beats filtered under dissonant guitar sculptures and hypnotising vocals.

The sound explores the novel condition of physicality and sensory experiences – tied to the technological advancement, it’s about the interaction between the accelerating technology and a classical notion of humanity, between synthetic and organic, future and tradition.

It speaks to non-belonging inspired by a fictional Japan, viewed as a signifier of post-millennial, post-digital urban ennui and the pure absolute loneliness of crowds.

“As the late, great Chic Murray might’ve said: This is a red letter day for the group. The letter being T. “

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1507066_238271506365899_5317352052050645099_nScary People

Born from the partnership between two tour technicians, Scary People had only one week to form a band and rehearse a set before their first gig at a sold out show in Dundee.

Rising to the task, Dan Forouhar and Scott Anderson called upon friends, Steven Anderson, Jamie Brown and Troy Lynch to join them to prepare for a show that would immediately gain them an impressive crowd response and, since then, a dedicated following.

“Having been a band for just over a year, it’s incredible to be playing this year’s T; it’s encouraging for new acts all over Scotland.”

1932258_589416391154641_401537262_nSecret Motorbikes

“We initially met at the auditions for Britain’s Got Talent in 2010; Tino and Paul were a vocal harmony duo, Gordon was part of a ventriloquism act (he was the dummy) and Iain had a sheep herding act.

“The judges put us together as a group because of our looks, things have been blowing up ever since!

“Different day, same shit.”

10246856_701551333242852_8887027978736676709_nTeenCanteen

TeenCanteen are four-girls split between Glasgow and Edinburgh who, since their formation in 2012, have played some of Scotland’s key festivals as well as supporting The Pastels, Wave Pictures, Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield and Stealing Sheep.

“We are really excited to have been selected to play this year’s T Break Stage and to be part of a great and diverse line-up.

“T in The Park is a big event for a lot of people who attend – for some it might be the only live music they see all year – and so for a new band it gives us the opportunity to perform in front of an entirely new audience that might not even be aware of us.”

10341644_436891056448565_4137251139114951103_nThe Moon Kids

Fuelled by powerful pop hooks and chiming six-strings, The Moon Kids are shooting for the stars.

Bright lights, big tunes, funfair love affairs and dizzy, dizzy days; a carnival of pulse-quickening anthems and heart-stopping thrills where space is the place and the place is wherever you want it to be.

It’s how The Small Faces might have sounded if they’d starred in A Clockwork Orange; 21st century pop shot through with shades of The Beatles, The La’s and Mark Rothko.

Music made to blast out through the tannoy of the waltzers or maybe the PA in a nightclub owned by Billy Fury and Ringo Starr.

Five-star hooks, king-size choruses and big, big melodies.

“If you’re from Scotland, the festival season is all about T In The Park – it’s the biggest, the brightest and the best.

“We’re thrilled to be added to a line-up that features acts like Arctic Monkeys, Paul Weller and Bombay Bicycle Club.

“In fact, you could say we’re over the moon …”

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10171713_789917444366481_6315117863527779249_nTisoki

An electronic producer who makes bass heavy dance music

“It means a lot to be chosen for T Break because it’s a brilliant platform for smaller acts to gain more recognition and a wider fanbase.”

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10177499_765731573460290_8377689270503180587_nTuff Love

Tuff Love are Julie, Suse and Michael – two girls and a dude from Glasgow who cut beautifully distorted guitar gems.

Their debut, Junk EP, is the sound of pure summer; dazzling, sun-streaked fuzz pop, with soft, burning melodies, and big smiling harmonies.

They’re like a DIY version of all the best bits of Electrelane crossed with early-MBV and a bit of Breeders swagger – and they’re gonna make your year a whole lot brighter.

“T in The Park was the first festival we went to when we were teenagers, and I never thought I’d play in a band that played at big events like that.

“It’s daunting because the T Break line up is really good this year and we’re in there with some bands who are killer live, but it’s very very exciting for us to have been picked and to be playing! Yahoooo!”

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1234366_620761931309792_1410196545_nVladimir

Rising out of the depths of Dundee and describing their sound as simply ‘bleak’, Vladimir burst onto the scene late last year and have quickly won themselves a reputation as one of Scotland’s most exciting new acts.

Emotionally heavy and sonically dense the four piece have become masters at crafting tightly wound layered fuzz and raw Dengler-era Interpol-esque rhythms.

“Its Great to be asked to play a festival we all grew up going to and watching on TV. “When we started this band we were playing to nobody in small pubs now we are going to be playing one of the biggest festivals in the UK.

“It’s not totally sunk in yet.”

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1489268_612992008748115_1061074658_nWe Came From Wolves

Jaggy rock/bastard pop from Perth, now based in Glasgow, We Came From Wolves have just returned from a UK tour, dates in France and Germany and sold out release shows supporting their EP Paradise Place.

“As T is in our home county of Perthshire, we have loads of memories of summers spent and bands watched at T.

“It has always felt like our home festival.

“We are so excited and can’t wait for the opportunity to play our music, on home soil for our first major festival appearance”